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Arsenal chief Gazidis beaming over Ozil coup

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis has welcomed their record deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal had to fight off competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who sought to gatecrash the move yesterday afternoon until a heart-to-heart with manager Arsene Wenger persuaded Ozil to reject a more lucrative offer from Laurent Blanc's side.

Gazidis remarked: "This is an exciting day for all of us. We have signed a world-class player who is one of Europe's brightest young talents."

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